The Flagler Memorial Bridge closed this morning and will remain shut down for about six months, but state Department of Transportation officials are making some changes to ease the flow of traffic. 

The Royal Park Bridge will open for boat traffic only once per hour at 15 past the hour, but no openings during peak traffic times.  That means the "middle"  bridge will not go up at 8:15 a.m. or 5:15 p.m. for the afternoon rush. 

The Southern Boulevard Bridge will open twice per hour, but will not open between 8 and 9 in the morning or at 4:30 and 5:30 in the afternoon. 

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